Now White House tells Federal Bureau of Investigation agents they can interview ANYONE on Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Wheeling

Key Republican senators have called the White House over the past 24 hours to make clear that they expect a fulsome investigation as the FBI reviews allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN has learned.

Defending the United States Supreme Court Judge Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, US President Donald Trump said that "he doesn't think that Kavanaugh lied in his testimony".

Since Trump, under pressure from three undecided Republicans, ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen Kavanaugh's background check Friday, the White House has scrambled to defend the process from Democratic complaints that certain witnesses were being kept off-limits.

Republicans have insisted that this investigation be limited to a single week, noting that the FBI had already conducted a background investigation into Kavanaugh and referred their findings to the White House. That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. (This is the "don't think about pink elephants" tactic.) Yes, I know, Kavanaugh was attempting to deny he had a drinking problem. But I want a process that we can be proud of.

In last week's hearing, Blasey Ford said Judge witnessed Kavanaugh's alleged assault and jumped on top of them as it happened, sending all three tumbling and allowing her to escape.

Mr Kavanaugh denied her allegation, as well as accusations made by two other women, and accused Democrats of making him the victim of a political "hit". At that time, the scope of the investigation was requested by Flake, Collins and Sen. But the President stressed again that Kavanaugh's life had been all but ruined by allegations he suggested were false. "I continue to strongly support Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court".

Arguing that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) now has more than enough information about Brett Kavanaugh's judicial record, partisanship, and sexual assault allegations to know that he is not fit to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, eight women were arrested early Tuesday morning for occupying the senator's campaign headquarters and demanding he vote against the judge's confirmation.

"It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover".

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'I'm instructing them as per what I feel the Senate wants, ' Trump said. "It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation's most powerful judges".

In a statement released Sunday, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's said he is "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale". "They're not starting from scratch", he said; "They have a lot of information about Judge Kavanaugh".

Trump couldn't seem to get off the topic of drinking, as an earlier Post report said: " 'I really believe he was very strong on the fact that he drank a lot, ' the president said, also asserting that there is no evidence that Kavanaugh has had trouble with alcohol during the past 25 years or so". "They were clearly passionate and determined that I hear them".

In refusing to answer another Kavanaugh question, Trump appeared to allude to the nominee by saying: "You talk about being treated harshly".

The FBI will also question Leland Keyser and P.J. Smyth, two people who Ford said were at the gathering of teenagers where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. But as of Monday, Kavanaugh lacked the simple majority he needs for confirmation.

Senate Republicans discussed the contours of the investigation with the White House late Friday, according to a person familiar with the call who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. "And the reason I'd like it to go quickly - very simple, so simple - because it's unfair to [Kavanaugh] at this point".

McConnell, accusing Democrats of moving the goalposts on the Kavanaugh nomination, said on Monday that the time for "delay and obstruction" has come to a close.

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